Inspiration and Encouragement – August 2019
Jeremiah 33:3: “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.”
A Merry Heart
A man walking along a California beach was deep in prayer. All of a sudden he said out loud, “Lord, grant me one wish.” Suddenly the sky clouded above his head, and in a booming voice the Lord said, “Because you have TRIED to be faithful to me in all ways, I will grant you one wish.” The man said, “Build a bridge to Hawaii so I can drive over anytime I want to.”
The Lord said, “Your request is very materialistic. Think of the logistics of that kind of undertaking. The supports required to reach the bottom of the Pacific! The concrete and steel it would take! I can do it, but it is hard for me to justify your desire for wordly things. Take a little more time and think of another wish, a wish you think would honor and glorify me.”
The man thought about it for a long time. Finally he said, “Lord, I wish that I could understand women. I want to know how they feel inside, what they are thinking when they give me the silent treatment, why they cry, what they mean when they say ‘nothing,’ and how I can make a woman truly happy.”
After a few minutes God said, “You want two or four lanes on that bridge?”
Caring for his Mother-in-law
A man, his wife and his mother-in-law went on vacation to the Holy Land. While they were there, the mother-in-law passed away.
The undertaker told them, you can have her shipped home for $5000.00, or you can bury her here in the Holy Land for $150.00
The man thought about it and told him he would just have her shipped home.
The undertaker asked, Why would you spend $5000.00 to ship your mother-in-law home, when it would be wonderful to have her buried here and spend only $150.00?
The man replied, a man died here 2000 years ago, was buried here, and three days later he rose from the dead. I just can’t take that chance.
“The Bible is a book beyond all books as a river is above and beyond a rivulet. The Bible is a book beyond all books as the sun is above and beyond a candle in brightness. The Bible is a book beyond all books as the wings of an eagle is above and beyond the wings of a sparrow. It is supernatural in origin, eternal in duration, inexpressible in value, immeasurable in influence, infinite in scope, divine in authorship, human in penmanship, regenerative in power, infallible in authority, universal in interest, personal in application, and inspired in totality. This is the Book that has walked more paths, travelled more highways, knocked at more doors and spoken to more people in their mother tongue than in other book this world has ever known or will know.”
– RG Lee
Remember Your Benefits
“Forget not all His benefits.” — Psalm 103:2.
It is a delightful and profitable occupation to mark the hand of God in the lives of ancient saints, and to observe His goodness in delivering them, His mercy in pardoning them, and His faithfulness in keeping His covenant with them. But would it not be even more interesting and profitable for us to remark the hand of God in our own lives? Ought we not to look upon our own history as being at least as full of God, as full of His goodness and of His truth, as much a proof of His faithfulness and veracity, as the lives of any of the saints who have gone before? We do our Lord an injustice when we suppose that He wrought all His mighty acts, and showed Himself strong for those in the early time, but doth not perform wonders or lay bare His arm for the saints who are now upon the earth. Let us review our own lives. Surely in these we may discover some happy incidents, refreshing to ourselves and glorifying to our God. Have you had no deliverances? Have you passed through no rivers, supported by the divine presence? Have you walked through no fires unharmed? Have you had no manifestations? Have you had no choice favours? The God who gave Solomon the desire of his heart, hath He never listened to you and answered your requests? That God of lavish bounty of whom David sang, “Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things,” hath He never satiated you with fatness? Have you never been made to lie down in green pastures? Have you never been led by the still waters? Surely the goodness of God has been the same to us as to the saints of old. Let us, then, weave His mercies into a song. Let us take the pure gold of thankfulness, and the jewels of praise and make them into another crown for the head of Jesus. Let our souls give forth music as sweet and as exhilarating as came from David’s harp, while we praise the Lord whose mercy endureth for ever.
– Charles Spurgeon
More than Conquerors
A preacher was called to the bedside of a man who was seriously ill. After a few words of greeting, the minister asked, “My friend, are you prepared to meet God if you don’t recover from this sickness?” “I think so,” was the reply, “I’ve always given generously to worthy causes, and I’ve been a good father and a faithful husband.” “But my dear friend, that will never get you to Heaven!” “Oh, but I have many other good works to my credit,” protested the man. The preacher realized he needed to puncture the balloon of this sinner’s self-righteousness, so he changed his line of questioning. “Tell me,” he said. “What do you think people do there?” “Well, they’re occupied with the things of God, and I guess they sing a lot!” “Ah,” said the preacher, “I’m glad you mentioned that.” Opening his Bible to Revelation 5, he pointed out that the song of the redeemed was all about Jesus and His wondrous atonement. “Notice, there’s not one word about the saint’s accomplishments,” explained the minister. “Nothing you’ve told me fits into this picture. You’ve talked about what you have done, but the inhabitants of Glory speak only of what Christ has done!” Suddenly the man saw the folly of trusting in his own goodness. Looking to the Lord for salvation, he found peace in believing. When he died, his greatest comfort was found in these words: “Unto him that loveth us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood” (Rev. 1:5).
Are you trusting in your good works or by faith in Jesus for a future home in heaven? Ephesians 2:8-9 (8) “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: (9) Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Our only hope is in trusting in Jesus as our savior. John 14:6 “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”